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How to Avoid Costly Air Conditioning Repairs!

Home air conditioners fall into that category of Once you have it, you’ll never go back!

Living in Calgary with its wild temperature swings, you have probably started up your AC as early as May and have had it running even into October. This means, your air conditioning unit was well worth the investment. Given the cost to repair or replace an air conditioning unit, doing regular checkups and maintenance is one way of protecting that investment.

There are several things you can do to keep your air conditioner running smoothly during the summer months and reduce the likelihood of a costly breakdown.

Change the Furnace Filters Regularly

Your central air conditioning unit blows cool air throughout your entire home, via your furnace ducts. This air also passes through the furnace itself. Regularly changing your furnace filter is a simple step that can make a big difference in the performance of your AC unit. Furnace filters capture dust and other debris that can hinder airflow. If the filter is dirty, your air conditioning unit will need to work harder. A clean filter will allow the air conditioning unit to run more efficiently. Using a more basic filter with a lower microparticle performance rating (as opposed to a thicker, premium filter) is easier on your furnace blower motor and helps to ensure that your air conditioner operates as designed and does not freeze up. It is recommended that you check your filter monthly and change the filter at least every 3 months when running your air conditioner.

Schedule Annual AC Repair Services

Technicians will inspect and clean key components: including Calling a professional HVAC company to perform an air conditioning maintenance service is a smart way to avoid costly repairs. Annual maintenance helps keep the AC unit in good working condition with the evaporator, compressor, and condenser coils, as well as the fan. They will also check the refrigerant levels and the sub cool and super heat temperatures to ensure they are within spec, they will also clean the coils of you outdoor Air Conditioning Condenser and adjust the furnace fan speed so it is at the right level for your home so you don’t run into evaporator coil freeze up.

Spring is the ideal time to do maintenance to ensure your unit is in tip-top shape for summer. Some service companies offer ongoing maintenance plans that allow you to spread out payments, or to bundle air conditioning maintenance with other services (such as duct cleaning). With most packages, they will call you to schedule your annual service so you don’t have to worry about scheduling this.

Check around the Air Conditioner unit

Your central air conditioning unit sits outside of your home. Regularly check around the unit and remove any leaves or other debris that has collected around it – or in the unit’s shroud or coil. (Never stick your fingers or any objects inside).

While the unit is running, stand by the unit and listen for any unusual noises. Other things to watch for is uneven cooling throughout your home. If your A/C is not maintaining your set indoor temperature or is running constantly this is a sign of trouble with your system. If you experience any of these issues, you may need to contact a professional for an AC repair service to diagnose the issue.

With regular maintenance and TLC, a quality-name brand air conditioner will generally perform problem-free for years and years – keeping you and your family comfortable for many summers to come.

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A/C Tune Up

Regular preventative maintenance improves efficiency and extends the lifespan of your air conditioning system, with the following benefits:

 

  • Reduced electricity bills and operating costs. When the unit operates as designed, electricity usage is reduced.
  • Maximized cooling capacity. Home comfort on the hottest of days with minimum run time.
  • Minimized repair bills. Detect and fix small problems before they get worse.

HRV Cleaning

Most homes built in the last few years have a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which efficiently replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, all year round.

 

As with any other air-handling equipment in your home, your HRV should be cleaned regularly to ensure the best possible indoor air quality.

 

If you aren’t sure if you have an HRV, call our team to find out how you can tell.

Duct Work Sanitizing

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory issues or allergies, or you’re concerned about the quality of the air that you are breathing, then our sanitizing treatment will give you the reassurance that your ductwork is sterile and free of debris that could negatively impact your respiratory and overall health.

 

Microban is our hospital-grade sanitizing solution, which kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, molds, and other pathogens.

 

We also offer Benefect, an all-natural sanitizer made from plant extracts, which also kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, and molds. ​

Exhaust Flu Stack Cleaning

Mid-efficiency furnaces produce a sand-like, mildly-corrosive byproduct. This substance condenses in the exhaust flu stack and collects over time near the inducer/venter motor, restricting exhaust gas flow. Eventually, it enters the inducer motor and causes premature wear on the furnace.

 

Exhaust flu stack cleaning removes the build-up to reduce the chance of motor failure and maximize the life span of your furnace. Preventative maintenance ensures your furnace runs efficiently all Winter long — without costly no-heat emergencies. 

A/C + High-efficiency Bypass

The secondary heat exchanger in a high-efficiency furnace or A/C coil has delicate, closely spaced fins that must be protected during your furnace and duct cleaning.

 

For furnaces that require a bypass, we temporarily install a filter above the heat exchanger or A/C coil, and position our duct vacuum above the filter.

 

This bypass procedure prevents damage by ensuring all dust and debris in your supply duct work is collected before reaching the heat exchanger or A/C coil.

 

Standard furnaces without A/C don’t have secondary heat exchangers or A/C coils and don’t require the bypass procedure.

Furnace Tune Up

Regular furnace tune ups are essential to maximizing the lifespan and efficiency of your furnace, so you can rely on it to keep you warm all Winter long.​

 

During our 30+ point inspection, we check all furnace systems to identify components that are worn out and need replacement. Replacing parts before they break — preventative maintenance — maximizes heating efficiency, avoids no-heat emergencies, and saves on costly service calls. 

 

Home furnaces can last for 20 years or more if well-maintained. A professional furnace tune up every two years helps to preserve your investment for decades.

Reverse Octopus Whip Tool

The reverse octopus whip has eight 16” flexible tentacles, which whip around blasting high-pressure air in all directions as it moves through your duct work.

 

The tool agitates and dislodges the most hard-to-reach dust, debris, and contaminants, moving them toward our duct vacuum for collection and disposal.

Brush Cleaning Method

Our high-speed rotary brushing equipment sweeps the entire interior surface of your duct work, ensuring that all dust, debris, and pet hair are vacuumed away.

 

Physically cleaning the entire length of your duct work ensures that no contaminants are left behind, increasing your indoor air quality and peace of mind.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer fires are a top-five cause of house fires. Cleaning your dryer vent regularly greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire, plus the following benefits:

 

  • Reduces clothes drying times
  • Lowers utility bills through greater efficiency
  • Extends the life span of your dryer
  • Lessens the amount of allergens in your house

Back Skipper Tool

The back skipper is a 1” diameter rounded ball connected to a long, flexible high-pressure airline.

 

The 1” ball has jets that discharge high-pressure air, pulling the tool and airline through the length of your duct work.

 

The high-pressure air moves the dust and debris toward our duct vacuum, where it is collected for disposal.​